In the next couple of years will be introducedthe practice of a single-turn manned flight scheme, in which the new crews of the International Space Station will be delivered to near-earth orbit in record time, just two hours from the launch of the launch vehicle from the spaceport. This is reported by the TASS news agency, referring to the rocket and space corporation "Energy", which is developing a corresponding scheme.
“In the opinion of ballistic specialists of RSC Energia, it is possible to realize a single-turn convergence scheme in two or three years,” the message on the RSC Energia website states.
It is noted that the main advantagesThe two-hour flight patterns are: reduced time spent by people in fairly tight spacecraft conditions, faster delivery of various biomaterials for scientific experiments onboard the ISS, and the possibility of saving fuel and other resources required for the flight.
Currently, the Russian ships "Soyuz"(Russia is currently the only country capable of delivering people to near-Earth orbit) reach the ISS using the standard two-day scheme or the fast six-hour one.
Earlier in April, it was reported that the RussianProgress space truck was able to set a new record for the speed of delivery of new supplies to the station, having reached it only 3 hours and 21 minutes. Then the ship made two turns around the Earth. The same flight pattern in the near future is planned to be adapted for manned flights.
As noted by Rafail Murtazin, the deputythe head of the RSC Energia settlement and theoretical support center; in the future, it is also planned to use the new manned flight scheme to send people to the Moon. In addition, it is planned to use it in case of need for emergency rescue operations in space.
Recall that development projects for launch vehicles,to be used for flights to Earth satellite, are already underway. Full documentation and images of these missiles should be submitted before the end of this year, and the first flights are expected by the end of the 2020s.
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